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Spain Talisman Marco Plays Down His Role

11 August 2003

Carles Marco, a key player in Spain`s bid to win the European basketball Championships in Sweden this September, admits his job as point guard is made much easier because of his team-mates.

Marco, the 1.80 metre star from Joventut Badalona who coach Moncho Lopez is counting on to direct the team on the floor, said: "When you have good players at your side it is a lot more straight forward.

"Moncho has an idea of play which is very clear and my role will be to make sure the team expresses this in the most efficient way.

"It is not very difficult to direct people so good because they don't often make wrong decisions. You have to have patience and not rush in, you have to carry the rhythm at the right level for each moment - to defend to the maximum and take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves."

Spain are one of the favourites to win the championships in Sweden but the 28-year-old Marco says it is important they concentrate on each game and not get carried away by high expectations.

"We will go to war with the teams that we face," he said. "Our only objective, I believe, is that we compete with them and then pass to the following phase with the best
classification possible. To say more than this would not be sensible.

"We will see what crosses we must bear but we will have to go step by step."

Spain face friendly games against Japan and Greece this Friday and Saturday, respectively as the team prepares for Sweden.

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